Today the Chair of judges Lola, Baroness Young has announced the shortlist for the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The shortlist selected from the longlist of 13 novels and featuring three women and three men, covers a wide range of subjects, from the struggle of a family trying to retain its self-sufficiency in rural England to a love story between two refugees seeking to flee an unnamed city in the throes of civil war.
The judges remarked that the novels, each in its own way, challenge and subtly shift our preconceptions - about the nature of love, about the experience of time, about questions of identity and even death.
Meet the six finalists:
4321 by Paul Auster
History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
Elmet by Fiona Mozley
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
Autumn by Ali Smith
The 2017 winner will be announced on Tuesday 17 October in London’s Guildhall, at a dinner that brings together the shortlisted authors and well-known figures from the literary world. The ceremony will be broadcast by the BBC.
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